Pfeiffer Country: The Tenant Farms and Business Activities of Paul Pfeiffer in Clay County, Arkansas, 1902-1954

Pfeiffer Country: The Tenant Farms and Business Activities of Paul Pfeiffer in Clay County, Arkansas, 1902-1954

by Sherry Laymon

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ISBN-13: 9780980089776
Publisher: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Publication date: 01/17/2009
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents 5

Foreword 7

I Introduction 11

II Clay County-Arkansas's Frontier 18

Native Americans in the Mississippi Valley 20

Spanish Imprints in the Future Arkansas Delta 21

French Culture in the Delta 22

Transportation-River Travel 23

Earthquakes Create Sunk Lands and Enlarge the Swamp 24

Religion-Clay County 26

Creation of Clay County 28

Railroad Debut in Northeast Arkansas 30

Second Migration to Clay County 32

Clay County Homesteads in the Early Twentieth Century 37

III Cotton Fields in Clay County 41

IV Pfeiffers in Piggott 62

V Pfeiffer Farm Structures 89

Vernacular Architecture in the Arkansas Delta 91

Pfeiffer Farm Structures 92

The Layout of the Farmstead 114

VI Pfeiffer Farming Operations 119

The Great Depression Era, New Deal Politics, and the Drought 133

VII Liquidation of Pfeiffer Farms 147

Changes in Agriculture after Pfeiffer's Death 162

Notes 168

Bibliography 198

Unpublished Materials 198

Oral Interviews and Personal Communications 204

Newspapers 205

Public and Legal Documents 209

Internet Websites 211

Published Books and Articles 216

Appendices 223

I Paul Pfeiffer's Land Transactions in Butler County, Iowa 223

II Paul and Gus Pfeiffer's Land Transactions in Butler County, Iowa 223

III Bushels of Crops Produced in Clay County, 1880-1910 224

IV Pfeiffer Land Purchases and Sales, 1914-1919 224

V Pfeiffer Land Transactions, 1920-1928 224

VI Crops in Clay County, 1910-1930 225

VII Farms in Clay County, 1910-1930 225

VIII Pfeiffer's Land Transactions, 1931-1938 225

IX Paul Pfeiffer Land Sales, 1939-1943 226

X Karl Pfeiffer Land Transactions, 1944-1954 226

XI Farm Statistics in Clay County,1930-1950 227

XII Trend Toward Mechanization in Clay County 227

XIII Last Will and Testament of Paul Pfeiffer 228

XIV Last Will and Testament of Mary Pfeiffer 229

XV Sale of Pfeiffer Property by Paul Pfeiffer 231

XVI Sale of Pfeiffer Property by Karl Pfeiffer 237

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